Pat Bradley

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivers budget address on January 23, 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his annual budget address to a joint session of the legislature this afternoon.

Angel Baker on surveillance camera
Brattleboro Police

A 17-year-old Vermonter is facing bank robbery charges after her mother called police after spotting her daughter's picture on social media.

Veronica Lewis
Vermont State Police

A Vermont woman initially ruled incompetent to stand trial on charges of wounding her firearms instructor almost three years ago is now headed to trial.

A Vermont-based religious order is among several Roman Catholic groups that agreed to a $900,000 settlement in an alleged priest sex-abuse case in Connecticut dating to the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Jeffrey Bartley
Jeffrey Bartley/Facebook

The executive director of the Vermont Republican Party has stepped down from his position.

USA Luge team 2018
USA Luge/Facebook

The USA Luge team is competing in World Cup races across the globe.  During a stop this week in Norway, several members held a conference call to discuss their preparations for February’s Winter Olympics.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he expects to sign a bill before Monday that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

prescription bottles
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Vermont Senate is considering a proposal to save money on prescription drugs by importing them from Canada, where many are sold for a fraction of the cost in the United States.

Ice surrounds flooded homes at Underwood Mobile Home Park
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Following the rapid warming late last week, an ice jam formed in the Saranac River that led to flooding of the Underwood Estates Mobile Home community in Plattsburgh.  Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read says while many homes could wind up uninhabitable, there may be no state or federal aid to turn to for help.

Clinton County Legislature Chair Harry McManus provides State of the County report
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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the County, Town and City forum this morning to hear reports from municipal leaders.

Timothy O'Connor Jr.
Atamaniuk Funeral Home

The first Democratic speaker of the Vermont House and the longtime town moderator for his hometown of Brattleboro has died at 81.

Canfield Award logo
Vermont Department of Libraries

The Vermont Board of Libraries has recommended that the name of a prominent Vermont author, activist and pioneering education supporter be removed from a children's book award program.

The medical center in Plattsburgh held its annual advisory meeting Tuesday to provide an overview of accomplishments over the past year and offer targeted strategies for the coming year.  Key focus areas will be on behavioral health and substance abuse challenges facing the North Country.

Vermont State Police have released the names of the officers involved in the shooting death of a robbery suspect on the grounds of the Montpelier High School on Tuesday.

Asylum seekers at Roxham Road
Plattsburgh Cares/Facebook

Since Donald Trump became president and announced his immigration and refugee policies, thousands have been finding their way to Roxham Road in Champlain, New York to cross into Canada.  Even in frigid weather, the stream of people hasn’t stopped.  Volunteers on both sides of the border are offering help and reassurance.

Frontier Town
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to redevelop the former Frontier Town site in North Hudson.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Ken Gallager/Wikimedia

The fatal shooting of a patient at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center last fall has prompted changes to security at the hospital, as well as policies on employee communication, education and training.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Entomologists and tree experts say here may be an upside to the recent extended period of subzero weather in northern New England.

Consolidated Communications logo
Consolidated Communications

The company that bought FairPoint Communications is discarding the old name and making plans to upgrade the service of tens of thousands of customers in northern New England.

Don Garrant
SUNY Plattsburgh

A former Clinton County legislator and SUNY Plattsburgh College Council Chair has died.

Following the rapid melting and quick freeze late last week, authorities across the region are dealing with ice jams and related flooding.  Authorities in Plattsburgh spent Monday evacuating a low-lying area in the city near the Saranac River.

Granite State Power Link logo
Granite State Power Link/National Grid

A Vermont town has voted unanimously to host the proposed Granite State Power Link transmission line.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
NRC/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Several Vermont state agencies are seeking to delay hearings this month on the proposed sale of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

Plattsburgh Mayor Pro Tem Peter Ensel
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh Common Councilors chose a mayor pro tem Thursday evening.  The vote had been postponed following testy exchanges and a deadlocked vote the week before.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he plans to sign a bill that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but he hasn't decided yet if he will do it publicly.

Sample of 1998 Ice Storm thickness
NOAA/Public Domain

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Ice Storm of 1998. It was the largest natural disaster to hit the North Country.   It brought down millions of trees across northern New York and southern Canada.  Power lines and transmission towers collapsed as layers of ice accumulated on the landscape during the multi-day storm.  Two emergency services officials who were in the command post talk about the storm.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The debate over a long-term Payment In Lieu Of Taxes agreement between the city and town of Plattsburgh has led to the city retaining outside lawyers to investigate.


The Vermont Senate approved the legalization of small amounts of marijuana today and sent the measure to the governor for his signature.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones announces funding to SPARCC with members (left to rigth) Connie Wille, John Bernardi, Jones, Michael Carpenter and Peter Trout
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York State Assemblyman D. Billy Jones was in Plattsburgh this morning to announce funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Coalition of Clinton County and new legislation to motivate businesses to hire people in recovery.


Supporters of a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana held a press conference in the Vermont Statehouse this afternoon as the bill awaits debate in the state Senate.